Today’s day-night doubleheader didn’t even hint that we might witness the first no hitter in New York Mets history.
Mike Pelfrey gave up a leadoff double to the Cincinnati Reds’ Ryan Freel in the night game to bump the NoNoHitters.com to 7,354 games without a New York Mets no hitter. Earlier Saturday, Corey Patterson’s leadoff bunt single off Johan Santana made it 7,353.
Freel’s double marked the 888th time a Mets pitcher has yielded an opening hit, and the 141st potential no hitter broken up by a double. And it makes us update our No hitters killed by first at bat page for the second time today! This is getting exhausting!
Pelfrey took the loss but had a pretty good outing, giving up two runs and eight hits over six innings. He walked just one.
The Mets lost 7-1, but most of the game was a lot closer than the score indicates. Duaner Sanchez gave up two earned runs and allowed four hits in the eighth, and a pair of errors by David Wright and Carlos Delgado led Billy Wagner to give up three unearned runs in the ninth.
Wagner managed to keep his ERA at 0.00, but he wasn’t his usual self. He gave up two hits and walked one before being pulled for Jorge Sosa.